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17 contractors attend informational meeting on high school demolition

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC schools Kraus-Anderson Construction Company Vice President H. John Huenink talks with contractors interested in submitting a bid for the high school demolition project. Contractors were able to see the school building up close; some went inside with respirators and flashlights to view areas of the school that were safe to tour. Mac Neil Environmental Inc. guided the contractors into those areas. The odor deep inside the school is very strong due to the build-up of mold.1 / 3
Seventeen contractors from across Minnesota and North Dakota attended an informational meeting on Tuesday to learn about the demolition process involved in tearing down the high school.2 / 3
Jeff Flaten from MacNeil Environmental Inc. puts on his respirator and gear before entering the high school on Tuesday. Flaten is pulling samples of asbestos from the high school, which are then sent into a lab.3 / 3

Seventeen contractors from Minnesota and North Dakota showed up for an information meeting on Tuesday morning at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School site to learn about bidding on the demolition of the high school building.

Kraus-Anderson Construction Company Vice President H. John Huenink answered questions from the interested bidders. Kraus-Anderson has been hired by the school to manage the construction project. The bids will be opened on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The goal is to begin demolition of the high school on Oct. 11. According to Huenink, demolition of the high school will take about six to eight weeks to complete.

MacNeil Environmental Inc. is currently on site, locating the areas of the school with asbestos. These areas will be contained and removed before demolition begins.

The high school's architect, Perkins+Will, is working on the design and concept of the school. An input meeting was held on Monday, Sept. 20, where the public was invited to share their ideas on what they'd like to see in the new high school. Wadena-Deer Creek school staff will share their input in a similar meeting with Perkins+Will on Monday, Sept. 27.

For updates on the high school project, visit the school's website at